Trogir, the 700 step island
We continue wandering from island to island and from beach to beach along the Dalmatian Coast. If in our first installment of this trip we tell you that Split, with its Roman palace turned into a living museum, is the best starting point, today we discover Trogir, the island of 700 steps.
Before leaving for Hvar, it is worth approaching the island of Trogir, an example of coexistence between tourists, clothes and stone with history. Trogir is the island of 700 steps. It is located 28 kilometers west of Split and its town was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1997. This small orthogonal island redoubt that runs through a sigh is one of the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic complexes in the Adriatic and from all over central Europe. In a span of land the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches and palaces follow one another.
Trogir, linked to the mainland by a bridge, It has more beds available (20,000, among hotels, apartments and villas) than inhabitants (less than 15,000). In medieval times, it was protected by the Kamerlengo fortress at the west end. The Venetian fortress is still in place, but it is unable to repel the siege of the hordes of tourists that summer after summer invade the island.
THE ETHICS OF ADAM AND EVA
An unavoidable date is the splendid San Lorenzo Cathedral, where the labyrinth of narrow streets ends. The Romanesque portico was carved in 1240 with the narrative dedication of a nineteenth-century novelist by the great master Radovan. These are two half-naked large Adam and Eve sculptures as in Eden caused them to cover up until the fourteenth century. In the same square of the cathedral the old Cipiko palace, in Venetian Gothic style, and the lodge topped by a bell tower from 1471, which served as a court, as well as a provisional jail and an auditorium, as in the cities of the Italian Renaissance.
The views from the bell tower of Trogir © Félix Lorenzo
AN EXTRA: ART IN THE STREETS
To approach Trogir in summer from neighboring Split, you have to get up early. That is the only way to avoid traffic and arrive without traffic jams. That is the inconvenience. The benefit is that throughout the season street festivals happen, including classical music concerts, plays, exhibitions in the Modern gallery and traditional festivals such as Fisherman's Night (more info here).
- How to get. From Spain, the best option to reach Hvar is via Split, the splendid Croatian city that enchanted the emperor Diocletian. Croatia Airlines flies via Zagreb between Barcelona and Split since spring. Vueling will link the two cities between June and September. Except for last minute changes, Air Nostrum will fly from Madrid to Split in July and August.
- Practical data. Croatia phone code: 00385. Tourist office in Madrid. Tourist office in Split: visitsplit.com. Citizens with Spanish nationality can travel to Croatia with the valid ID. Currency: 1 euro is exchanged for 7.5 kunas Croatians approximately. Mediterranean climate, the trip is recommended between the months of April and October, although in July and August the influx is very high.
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The narrow stone streets of Trogir © Félix Lorenzo